The Fishers Tigers JV Red team (8-11/4-6) used a combination of timely hitting and great base running along with excellent pitching to take the first game of the HCC series over the Brownsburg Bulldogs by a score of 9-2.
JP Preston started for the Tigers and earned a no-decision. Preston went 3 innings and scattered 3 hits and 2 walks which led to the only two runs for the Bulldogs. He did strike out 4 batters during his work. Drew Louden relieved Preston and was excellent as he earned the win over the final 4 innings. Louden only allowed 3 hits on the night and gave up 1 walk. He commanded his curveball all night and was able to record 7 strikeouts. The defense worked well behind both pitchers as the only Tiger error came on a throw that bounced away as the Bulldogs attempted to tag and advance to 3rd.
The Tigers hung close all night as they scored one run in both the 1st and 4th innings. With 2 outs, Jack Braun singled and then stole 2nd base. A long fly ball was dropped by the left fielder which allowed the inning to continue and Braun to score. In the 4th inning, Evan Allbright was hit by a pitch and advanced to 2nd on a bunt by Kaden Gorak. Allbright moved to 3rd on a passed ball, but the catcher attempted to make a play and threw the ball away allowing Allbright to score and tie the game at 2.
The Tigers continued to pressure Brownsburg and took control of the game. The Tigers took advantage of 2 errors, 2 wild pitched, and 3 passed balls to score 3 runs in the 5th inning on only one hit. In the 6th inning, the Tigers recorded three hits and again put pressure on the defense forcing an error and taking advantage of a passed ball to eventually score 4 runs.
The Tigers offense only recorded 5 singles – one each from Joey Brenczewski, Braun, Ian Willoughby, Jeffrey Simmons, and Jacob Senior. Several other Tigers had good at-bats as 6 runners were able to reach base on errors.
The same two teams meet again to finish the HCC season on Thursday night.